Motorcyclist killed in collision with SUV in Escondido

A cyclist on a dirt bike was killed Thursday afternoon after speeding down an Escondido sidewalk and into an intersection where he collided with an SUV, police said.

The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. on Bear Valley Parkway at Hayden Drive, just south of Valley Parkway, Escondido Police Lt. Scott Walters said in a news release.

Police say the motorcyclist was riding a 2006 Yamaha YZ450F – a dirt bike designed for off-road use that is not street legal – and was traveling north on the sidewalk along Bear Valley Parkway when he turned on a red light at Hayden Drive.

The biker – whose identity police were unaware of Thursday evening – pulled over to the street just as a 30-year-old Escondido woman was turning left into a 2018 Lexus NX300 from Hayden Drive onto Bear Valley Parkway, said Walters.

The dirt bike rider rammed the SUV and suffered serious injuries, according to Walters, who said a 911 caller reported someone at the scene performing CPR on the victim before authorities arrived. . Paramedics took the injured man to Palomar Medical Center, where he died.

The accident did not injure the driver of the SUV.

Police Traffic Division Officer Pete McCollough is leading the crash investigation, and anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has additional information about it has been asked to call McCollough at (760) 839-4930.

Earnest L. Veasey